DAZL Boys Inspire More Boys To Dance

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By Jonathan Brown
Published on Friday 17 June 2011 10:17

Europe’s only all-male cheerleading squad is getting bigger and bigger.

The south Leeds-based DAZL Boys saw 28 newcomers audition for places in different age groups as cheerleading for boys in the city continues to grow in popularity.

It comes as the boys brace themselves for yet another television appearance, this time on CBBC’s The Slammer.

Ian Rodley, director of Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), said: “We had a really high standard at what was more of a hip hop audition but they were like, ‘we want to do the pom pom stuff’.

“There’s even going to be some boys that don’t make the teams because they aren’t ready or need more time.

“It’s great that our boys are changing behaviours and people’s attitudes to dance.”

All together DAZL had 42 boys at the auditions, which included some senior dancers.

Kane Keith, 12, from Belle Isle, auditioned for the group for the first time this week.

He said: “I decided to audition because I like to dance and it is a good experience, and it looked good on TV!

“I started going to football and looked at some other activities and I got interested in street dance and cheerleading.”

In 2009, DAZL expanded to include a new boys’ team and ever since they have gone from strength to strength with high profile appearances all over the UK.

Josh Holt, 14, who has danced with DAZL for three years, said: “At first there was only a few of us doing it and now every time a new person joins, more and more people want to do it.

“At the end of the day, some people like football or rugby but we like dancing, a lot of boys feel like they can’t say that though. You should be a leader not a follower.”

The boys have already been in a BBC Two documentary, featured in a DJ Tiesto music video and are now set to appear on The Slammer in autumn

DAZL Mums In Yorkshire Evening Post

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Published on Friday 3 June 2011, Please check out the link – Full story below http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/video_leeds_mums  A DANCE troupe made up of mums has overcome cheerleaders half their age to win a championship trophy.

Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) Diamond Mums beat dancers as young as 16 to a third place at the British Cheerleading Association North East Classics in Newcastle. The group, of 25 to 40-year-old mothers of children who also attend the dance classes, performed an impressive street dance routine in front of 5,000 spectators.

Director of DAZL Diamonds, Ian Rodley, 28, said: “Their kids competed at the same event and they thought the mums were absolutely amazing, the audience weren’t expecting it at all.“Everyone was really supportive and it was actually really inspiring. I’m totally proud of them.” The group has set its sights on the BCA Northern Classics in Blackpool this December. Dance coach, Vicky Mawson, 22, said: “It was a massive competition, with stage schools and professional groups from across the region. It’s really impressive for the mums to do that well considering their age.”

The group started as an exercise class but were soon doing street dance and hip hop. Chrisie Emmonds, 32, from Middleton, said: “It was absolutely brilliant, we were all buzzing when we came off that stage.”Angela Rae, 39, from Belle Isle, added: “I was adamant that I wasn’t going to do the competition at first but in the end it was a great experience.”

DAZL is a community dance project that started a decade ago to bring people in areas of South and East LeeDAZL Mumsds together through dance.

DAZL Wins Community Arts Award 2010

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DAZL Director Ian Rodley last night won the award for Community Arts Person of The Year at the Flybe Community Awards. Ian and the work carried out by the Dance Action Zone Leeds team was recognized and they made specific comment to all the support and development that the young people from the most deprived areas of the city received from DAZL.

Please click this LINK from the Yorkshire Evening Post – DAZL wins Community Arts awards 2010

DAZL Boys Win Barcley Live In Leeds 2009

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The DAZL boys crowned best act in Leeds 2009


Please click on the blue link for full story on the event – DAZL Boys win Barclay live 2009 as Europe’s first only all Male Cheerdance Team. The lads went away with a plaque and £1000 to help them get to the BCA International Cheerdance Championships at The Rico Arena, Coventry to compete against some of the best Cheerdance teams from across the world.